Classroom Connections | Manu ʻImiloa

ʻImiloa is continuing to expand our impact through our newest educational endeavor,  MANU ‘Imiloa, a mobile outreach program aimed at sharing ‘Imiloa’s unique brand of culture-based science education across Hawaiʻi island! 

Taking flight once again this Fall, 
MANU ‘Imiloa (Modern and Ancient ways of Navigating our Universe) will send ‘Imiloa staff on the road to deliver an interactive curriculum inspired by the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s epic Worldwide Voyage, designed to explore the skills involved in non-instrument ocean navigation, or wayfinding.  
Outreach will be offered in two formats:
NOIO (Non-instrument Orientation, an Introduction to Oceanic Wayfinding) is a 30 – 60 minute package that ‘Imiloa can deliver on request to K-12 schools and community centers, or offer as part of local events. Audiences of all ages are invited to gather around a model of the Hawaiian Star Compass or to sit “under the stars” in ‘Imiloa’s custom digital portable planetarium to learn how wayfinders rely upon cues from the environment to determine their course and direction.

KŌLEA (Keeping Our Legacy of Exploration Alive), the second offering, is a two-week+ curriculum package designed specifically for middle school teachers to implement in their 7th and 8th grade science or math classes.  Titled “He Manu He Waʻa, The Geometry of Wayfinding,” it drills down into the geometry, astronomy and other sciences that undergird traditional Polynesian non-instrumental navigation. KŌLEA includes five essential components:
  1. A 4-Day MANU ʻImiloa Teacher Training Workshop on site at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.
  2. Access to the “He Manu He Waʻa: The Geometry of Wayfinding” instructional curriculum guide, equipped with curriculum maps, background information, lesson plans, activities, worksheets, rubrics and assessments. This curriculum is aligned with HIDOE Standards: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Next Generation Science Standards, Nā Honua Mauli Ola Guidelines, and Nā Hopena Aʻo Learner Outcomes. 
  3. Access to our customized traveling toolkit that comes complete with the necessary math, astronomy and wayfinding equipment needed to perform all activities and support instruction. 
  4. A complimentary outreach visit to your school by MANU ‘Imiloa Outreach staff
  5. Priority access to MANU ʻImiloa Outreach staff for consultation.
The 2016-2017 KŌLEA program will be limited to 15 enthusiastic and passionate middle school teachers across Hawai‘i Island. If you’re a 7th or 8th grade teacher who is interested in being a part of this year’s KŌLEA flight, you are invited to apply! Applications for the 15 places will open Monday, August 1 at 9:00am and close September 1, 2016; selection committee decisions will be announced by September 15Click here for full details and registration. 

If you’re ready to embark on a remarkable new voyage without having to leave your own school or community, visit our outreach page at or email

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